Archive for July, 2008

Keynote: NG

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Keynote:  Michael Chason This will comprise an introduction to v9, dubbed Next Generation (and always referred to as NG). A recurring theme throughout the talk was a spoof on the MS/Mac commercials where a  button down guy plays Microsoft and a with-it dude plays Macintosh.  In this case the button–down dude is ...

Online Orientation

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Addressing diverse needs through online orientation experiences Weds. 8:30 See Handout.  They’re from Excelsior College, formerly Regents College in Albany NY.  They were an entity of the state but no longer.  They have 33,000 students but no buildings, classes, faculty offices.  The whole deal is at a distance.  They are ...

Online Discussions

Monday, July 28th, 2008

. . . in large, lecture only courses. Patricia Dinneen – Inst. Designer First let me suggest that this is the last session on the last day and there was nothing else available. The speaker works at George Washington University in DC. They have lecture-based classes with sections. In addition to ...

Respondus Lockdown Browser

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Shea Ramquist The browser locks students out of browsing, copy-and-paste.  Full screen, so it can’t be minimized.  Students can’t open up any other file on their computer.  The right-click is locked down, and the control and function tools don’t work.  Screen copy is turned off. This would work in a lab, but ...

Respondus StudyMate

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

StudyMate: Class Server Demonstration Shea Ramquist Will start with a live demonstration. “Ultimate study group,” that will allow students and faculty to create and share flash projects. Engaging and fun, he promises. Works in the “Classic” environment. Students will see View and Edit tabs. User goes to Flash cards and can create questions ...

Extreme makeover

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Erin ----, head of instructional design. Exemplary course design winner. University of North FL – Jackonsonville. 16,000 students, 500+ faculty. 1200 instructors on Bb, 1900+ active users They create Bb templates that can be used across multiple courses. Any Bb course can be used as a template for another. They have a Bb orientation ...

Active Learning

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Wayne and Karen Jacobs LeTourneau University They ask us to discuss good experiences with education, and bad experiences.  Some of the good were when the instructors were involved, and bad was when they were not. So then we play Jeopardy with some very easy questions to answer.  Answers to question.  In an event, ...

Engaging learners

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

First guy is an instructional tech from a minute Catholic school in TX Trainer role changes from sage on stage to ringmaster Instructors share ideas Peer to peer learning Ask specific questions One slide per question Discuss and give prizes (?!) Homework opportunity Every ten minutes take a break.  (you’ve got to be kidding) Second guy is a logistics ...

Bb Sync

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Situation for students – A vast majority of students have Facebook accounts.  It is one of the most used apps among college students.  Unfortunately academic life is not well represented in Facebook; students see it as a social site, not an education site. Our goal should be to connect with students in ...

Release 8.0

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Newly designed grade center.  Jeez, we just got a new grade center, and now they want us to introduce faculty to yet a new one?! He suggests that this grade center represents the best of WebCT and Bb. Gradebook: Maximize instructor efficiency, increase flexibility, increase customization, powerful data analysis, and greater communication. Self and ...

Rubrics & Bb

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

How can I create a rubric that helps instructional designers, professors, and students? See the handout “Let’s talk about writing learning objectives or learning outcomes.” She has an example of a learning objective, and then asks us to write our own. The example is: Given a French sentence written in the past ...

Bb World, 2008

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

The annual Blackboard conference was held in Las Vegas during the heat of the summer: mid-July.  The temperatures combined with the rigor of the conference itself to keep me inside for the entire period.  Literally the only time I was out of the hotel/conference facility was to get back and ...

Bb Administrator

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

This is my blog about administration issues for Bb.  Posts includes updates on new features, timing for new course creation, planned downtime and known problems.  Use the comments box for more information or email Robert Harris at harrisr@wpunj.edu